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Informing your partner(s) of an STI

If left untreated, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can cause serious health problems. Many people infected with STIs are unaware they have an infection.

If you are diagnosed with an STI, letting your partner(s) know means they can get the testing and treatment they need, and can help to protect you from catching the infection again.

Additionally, treating your ex-partners may not only prevent them from having serious health problems but also stop the infection being passed on to others.

Let us help

Informing partners that they’re at risk of an STI is a sensitive issue. Treatment of STIs and prevention of their spread is also our responsibility. That’s why we have trained staff to perform partner notification (sometimes called contract tracing).

Our health advisors can help you by contacting your partner(s) and informing them that they may be at risk of the STI you have been diagnosed with, without naming you. To do this, the health advisors will ask you for your partner’s or partners’ name(s), age(s), and contact details (preferably their mobile number).

We believe that letting our health advisors contact your partner(s) is the most convenient option for you, and we do not usually need to contact you again. Remember, we will never disclose your identity to your partner(s) without your permission.

Some patients may choose to inform their partners themselves. In these cases, our health advisors will contact patients after a few weeks to confirm that their partner(s) have been informed.